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Course Details

Course Code: DEFM200 Course ID: 4637 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an in-depth examination of federal acquisition practices, policies and procedures, to acquaint managers and non-contracting personnel with the acquisition process and compliance issues. Contracting and acquisition fundamentals reviews contract planning, contract execution, and contract management as part of the acquisition process. They will learn basic mission support planning strategies, how to research the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); additionally, students will learn how effective market research and socioeconomic programs support the FAR and DFARS acquisition planning process as well as its implementation. They will examine the process, problems and issues of solicitation and contract award. Instruction will also include: benefits of early industry involvement in shaping requirements; basic procedures for acquisition of commercial and noncommercial requirements; basic competitive acquisitions; awards processing; management of contract award protests; contractor performance metrics; contract changes procedures; disputes; and close out procedures of completed contracts. This course is designed for personnel new to the contracting career field or non-contracting personnel who play a role in the acquisition process.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (LO):

1. Explain the acquisition cycle and process.

2. Describe the goals of the federal acquisition process.

3. Explain quality assurance and contract compliance issues.

4. Explain contract modifications, terminations, and claims.

5. Explain ethics standards expected of government and contractor personnel.

6. Explain acquisition planning and contract formation.

7. Explain contract requirements and types of contracts.

8. Explain negotiated and sealed bid contracts.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Wk 1 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 2 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 3 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 4 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 5 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 6 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 7 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 8 Forum 4.00 %
Paper Assignments 32.00 %
Assignment 1 8.00 %
Assignment 3 8.00 %
Assignment 4 8.00 %
Assignment 5 8.00 %
Term Project Outlines 4.00 %
Assignment 2 4.00 %
Term Project Paper 32.00 %
Assignment 6 Research Paper 32.00 %

Additional Resources:

In the Course Materials folder there are PowerPoint presentations, leadership articles, and up to date APA handouts.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:Contract Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition
Publication Info:NCMA
Unit Cost:$99.00
Book Title:Dynamic Supply Chain Alignment: A New Business Model for Peak Performance in Enterprise Supply Chains Across All Geographies - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Gattorna, John
Unit Cost:$115.85
Book Title:Until further notice, required hard copy books and kits will ship without any action needed from students. Your shipping address on file must be current -

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.